Top Five Rides for Singaporean Motorheads

Top Five Rides for Singaporean Motorheads

Watching a Ferrari or Lamborghini speed past our eyes with its engine roaring on a daily basis is definitely no big of a surprise in Singapore.

With a sharp increase of Ferraris from 264 to 643 models and Lamborghinis from 156 to 295 over a decade, the rise in luxurious cars is no doubt attributed to the fact that household wealth here grew by 7.4 percent to around US$1.3 trillion. That works out to US$283,000 for each adult, the ninth-highest in the world.

The number of millionaires in Singapore grew 11.2 percent to 183,737 in 2018 and is expected to hit another 5.5% each year to reach 239,640 by 2023, according to the Credit Suisse Research Institute.

Despite the heavy implementation of car taxes such as the registration fee, road tax, Certificate of Entitlement (COE), tiered Additional Registration Fee (ARF) and customs duty, the financial capacity of Singaporeans enables them to overlook the expenses and bring these luxurious vehicles onto the road.

With that, an increasing number of head-turning and one-of-a-kind cars have made their way into our borders.

Here are five unique cars expected to hit the roads in Singapore.

Honda NSX Hybrid

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There’s no denying it, the NSX is something of a looker. While the original has gone down in history for its sublime handling and screaming motor, few will rate its ungainly looks – but that’s not the case here. All sharp curves, creases and hunkered stance, the American-styled NSX arguably wins its membership to the supercar club on styling alone.

It’s not just a pretty face either, because lots of attention has also been paid to the aerodynamics, in particular to reattachment of the airflow behind the front wheels. The aim of this is to better channel the air through the intakes by the C-pillars. At this point the air is split between flow into the intercoolers, flow across the top of the rear deck and a stream that emerges from a small slit above the rear lights. Crucially, unlike rivals such as the Porsche 911 Turbo the Honda doesn’t rely on active aerodynamics – there are no moving planes or switchable surfaces here.

A world-first application of ablation cast aluminum, it has the stiffness of a normal casting and the ductility of forging, which means the parts can be used as attachments points for the suspension while also acting in the front and rear crash structures.

Pagani Huarya SM edition

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For a start, it’s pronounced ‘H-wire-ah’, it’s the successor to the almighty Pagani Zonda and it’s named after a South American wind god called Huayra Tata. Known to be the most expensive car in Singapore, it stands tall and grande at SGD8.9 million.

A mid-engined hypercar with a better power-to-weight ratio than a Bugatti Veyron SS, the 1,350kg Huayra uses a 6.0-liter AMG-sourced 60-degree V12 with two turbos to produce 700-ish bhp and 728lb ft of torque. Translation? Zero to 62mph in less than 3.5 seconds and ‘over’ 230mph. There’s a seven-speed sequential driving the rear wheels only, and the ‘box is interesting in that it isn’t a dual-clutch: Horacio Pagani believed that the increase in weight (70kg extra) over a normal sequential wasn’t the kind of trade-off he wanted to make.

Interestingly, it employs four aerodynamic airbrake-type flaps at the corners of the car to maximize downforce and minimize drag depending on yaw, throttle position, steering angle, and braking force. It also has gullwing doors and a titanium exhaust. In fact, the Huayra is just one big conversation piece.

Aston Martin DB11 AMR

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The new flagship of the DB11 range, the car that sits above the DB11 V8 and DB11 V8 Volante convertible. It is also now the only V12-powered DB11 available.

Aston Martin added 30bhp to its already monstrous 600bhp. . The whole rear subframe that carries the rear suspension and axle is attached to the extruded, bonded aluminium chassis with firmer bushes to give the back end more support. Revalved dampers to increase stiffness by 10% all around and the new forged wheels save 3.5kg each.

Exhaust system has also been modified together with the gear shifts to match the new rear of the DB11. Aesthetics wise, it has been darkened both internally and externally. The exterior paint work is now monochrome or carbon.

The normal DB11 with V8 costs just shy of $800,000 without COE, this beast? Expect a whole lot more.


Bentley Bentayga SUV

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The Bentley Bentayga Diesel has written history: the first Bentley to have a turbodiesel and seven seats.

Under its massive bonnet lies a 4-liter V8 bi-turbo diesel, supplemented by an electric compressor. The triple induction gives the Bentayga’s enormous heart buckets of torque delivered in a linear fashion. From just 1,000rpm, 900Nm of shove is available – enough to haul the 2.5-tonne Bentley off to 100kmh in 4.8 seconds.

At the lights, the diesel-powered Bentley is hurtling halfway towards the next junction. It is almost unreal to be in such a huge and lethal vehicle.

Once it gets going, the 1.74m-tall beast will coast steadily with no throttle input for several hundred meters. Its rear-biased, all-wheel-drive system contributes to its agility, as does its refined air suspension and the car’s wide chassis.

Koenigsegg Agera RS

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The Agera RS – one of just 25 cars produced worldwide – is a 1,160bhp monster that is the costliest car to have ever been put on our roads.

Designed to be the ultimate track tool, while still being able to be registered for road use worldwide, the car pushes the boundaries of performance, utilizing advanced technology from the One:1 program while maintaining all the features and functionalities of previous models. It also offers ‘everyday usability’, with a luggage compartment, rear window, and a detachable and storable hard-top.

Estimated at $6.8 – $7 million, this supercar somehow makes the $1 million Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Rolls-Royce seem almost paltry in comparison.

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